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"The Sleepy Time Gal"

7 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2024

Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus

135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
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Free parking. Free and open to the public.

(U.S., 2001, 108 minutes, color, Rated R) Directed by Christopher Munch.

Jacqueline Bisset, British actress who rose to Hollywood superstardom beginning in the 1960s, portrays an older woman who embarks on a search for the daughter she gave up for adoption in her youth, after becoming pregnant during an affair with a married man.

Bisset regards this performance as the best of her career. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the Sundance Film Festival.

Meet Jacqueline Bisset, star of Francois Truffaut’s "Day for Night" and John Huston’s "Under the Volcano" at the 4th Annual Albany
Film Festival on Saturday, April 6th, with her 2022 film "Loren & Rose."

Reviews for The Sleepy Time Gal

“The Sleepy Time Gal exerts a gentle but definite narrative pull, with a style that immerses us so fully in every scene that they seem absolutely flooded with life.”  (Caryn James, New York Times)

“It’s thanks in no small part to Jacqueline Bisset’s candid and complex performance that for all its gossamer, death-haunted poetics, The Sleepy Time Gal in the end conveys the irreducible weight of a singular life.”  (Dennis Lim, Village Voice)

“Munch’s screenplay is tenderly observant of his characters. He watches them as they float within the seas of their personalities. His scenes are short and often unexpected. The story unfolds in sidelong glances. His people are all stuck with who they are and speak in thoughtful, well-considered words, as if afraid of being misquoted by destiny.”  (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

“Munch provides wonderful counterpoints to the entwined stories – each bound by variations of pain and reconciliation, doubt and discovery. He moves through time and space with preternatural ease, drawn to setting and location, architecture and landscape. He locates symmetries and reversals, the search for origins against a deeper plea for understanding, the shared characteristics and the similarities of their pursuits.”  (Patrick Z. McGavin, Indiewire)

“The richest and most distinguished effort to date from a major independent talent, The Sleepy Time Gal may seem ‘European’ in sensibility, but only because there’s so little room for American films of its kind.” (Scott Tobias, The Onion)

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